Take My Hand

Take My Hand

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 12/05/2022
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Take My Hand
Profound and emotionally gripping.
This powerful novel is based on a true story narrated by Civil Townsend, a nurse who then becomes a doctor, told within two time lines. In 1973, Civil is a... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
Take My Hand
A moving and powerful page-turner
In this book, Dolen Perkins-Valdez strikes a beautiful balance between heartbreak from past events and hope for the future as the novel goes between 1973 a... READ MORE
Rebecca at Tunbridge Wells
Take My Hand
A Harrowing Read Based On A True Account
This was told so well. Based on a true story set in 1970s Montgomery Alabama. Fiction but with enough facts to get the information as Civil investigates a... READ MORE
Nicole @hemelwstones


Montgomery, Alabama. 1973. Fresh out of nursing school, Civil Townsend has big plans to make a difference in her community. At the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, she intends to help women make their own choices for their lives and bodies.

But when her first week on the job takes her down a dusty country road to a tumbledown cabin, she's surprised to find that her new patients are just eleven and thirteen years old. Neither of the Williams sisters has even kissed a boy, but they are poor and Black, and for those handling their welfare benefits, that's reason enough to have the girls on birth control. As Civil grapples with her new responsibilities, she takes India and Erica into her heart and comes to care for their family as though they were her own. But one day she arrives at their door to discover the unthinkable has happened, and nothing will ever be the same.

Inspired by true events and a shocking chapter of American history, Take My Hand is a novel that will open your eyes and break your heart. An unforgettable story about love and courage, sisterhood and solidarity, it is also a timely and hopeful reminder that it only takes one person to change the world.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781474622677
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 480g
  • Dimensions: 220 x 140 x 38 mm

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Take My Hand
Touching, character driven story about the treatment of poor Black Americans
4.5 stars for Take My Hand, a story loosely inspired by the real life case of Relf v Weinberger. It is a touching story about a young Black nurse and the h... READ MORE
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Take My Hand
Between The Covers - Series 5 Book
Well, this had been sitting in my towering to be read piles for a little while, but it flew to the top of the pile as soon as it was announced as a Between... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Take My Hand
Medical Historical
Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez is Historical Fiction about a black nurse in 1973 Montgomery, Alabama. Civil, a new nurse, thinks she can make a diffe... READ MORE
Jane Ward
Take My Hand
Astonishingly powerful and unforgettable
"How dare they? Our bodies belonged to us. Poor, disabled, it didn't matter. These were our bodies, and we had the right to decide what to do with them. ... READ MORE
Emma Alvey
Take My Hand
Inspired by true events this book will break and mend your heart in equal measure
Inspired by true events in a shocking period of American history, this book is based on the groundbreaking prosecution of the former U.S. Department of Hea... READ MORE
Georgina (ReadsEatsExplores)
Take My Hand
A powerful read
4.5 rounded up. This powerful novel is based on a true story with the central character being Civil Townsend and is told in two timelines. The first is 1... READ MORE
Celia Short
Take My Hand
A powerful and moving novel that highlights a historic injustice o
“A year never passes without me thinking of them. India. Erica. Their names are stitched inside every white coat I have ever worn. I tell this story to sti... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan
Take My Hand
The book instantly hooked me
This is the story of a newly qualified nurse in America in the 1970’s who goes to give birth control shots to two young girls but realises neither are sexu... READ MORE
Take My Hand
Moving and so important it is a must read
This is a story based on fact and real events (Relf v. Weinberger June 1973 ) it is told in the first person by Dr Civil Townsend spanning over two period... READ MORE
Pam Wright/Alfie Blue Puss In Books
Take My Hand
If you read one book this year, please read this!
If you read one book this year, please read "Take My Hand" by Dolen Perkins-Valdez. It is incredibly upsetting and heart-warming at the same time. Civil ... READ MORE
Mel Pretorius